Nephew of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Hamza will now be acting as a deputy Chief Minister. Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday notified a six-member Public Affairs Committee headed by Hamza with 'massive powers'.

According to the notification, Hamza has been authorized for improving law and order in the province and keep close liaison with parliamentarians of PML-N to help resolve their matters.

Hamza, a member of National Assembly, has also been empowered to issue instructions to district administrations for development and other projects.

"Hamza will also resolve differences between public representatives and the government officers. He will help provide basic facilities to ordinary citizens and give his recommendations on summaries forwarded by provincial departments in the Chief Minister House. Hamza will mobilize relevant departments, elected members, civil society and government resources in the wake of natural calamities and other emergencies," says the notification.

Interestingly, Hamza has also been authorized to hold meetings at the Chief Minister Secretariat. Copies of the notification have been sent to the Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police Punjab, all provincial secretaries, all divisional commissioners, all regional police officers, all district coordination officers and all district police officers and all other concerned asking them to comply with the orders of Hamza.

Hamza also frequently uses the Chief Minister's helicopter for his political tours in different parts if the districts. Opposition parties have chided the Sharifs to concentrate power in their family.

(Agencies)

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